PCC Members - You Are Needed to Help Ensure Quality Community Services for LDC Clients
Jan 30, 2011 --- As part of the Lanterman Closure Plan, Regional Centers will develop community placements that are supposed to contain all the services and supports that the Lanterman residents need. Many Regional Centers have start-up funding for the development of these placements, and have requested proposals from providers that outline how that particular provider will provide those services. These proposals, called Request For Proposals or RFPs, are then reviewed by a Regional Center committee and contracts are awarded based on those reviews.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteer to represent Lanterman families on the Proposal review committee for your Regional Center.
The PCC has requested from Regional Centers that our family members serve on these committees; some Regional Centers have agreed to include families on these committees and we are working with others to arrange family participation. We want to forward to the Regional Centers the names of family members interested in reviewing current proposals and ones that will be released in the future. Regional Centers will determine all committee members.
Each Regional Center will have their own requirements for reviewers, but in general reviews are usually conducted over a 1 to 2 day period at the Regional Center office. You do not have to have prior experience in reviewing proposals. Your value to the Review Committees comes from being a family member who is familiar with the services that your relative presently receives.
If you are interested in volunteering for this review or in learning more about this project, please respond to this email by Monday, February 7, 2011 at the latest. Earlier is better! We will give you further information on the next steps to take.
The review of these proposals by Lanterman family members is very important to ensure that the services that our relatives need are present in the proposals being considered. The perspective and experiences of developmental center families may differ from community families, and needs to be heard and considered when these proposals are being reviewed and contracts awarded. This is an opportunity for you to step forward and help make this happen.
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